A reader just shared with me her Grandmother's old remedy for relieving arthritis pain. Some old time remedies do really work and others don't. The claim is that Gin-soaked raisins may alleviate arthritis pain, so I decided to do some investigation work to find out why it would work. Was Grandma just drinking the gin and her excuse was that it helped her arthritis ? Is there any merit behind it?
The remedy is as follows. Place a box full of golden raisins (must be golden) in a glass vessel, like a canning jar. Pour in gin specifically made with Juniper berries, until the raisins are completely covered. Let the raisins sit for a week at room temperature and soak up the gin. After that, eat 10 raisins per day. Theoretically, if you have arthritis pain, this will help.
OK, what a strange remedy. Let’s do a little digging, and see what we can figure. Golden raisins are sultana grapes, to which sulfur dioxide has been added to keep them golden. Sultana grapes are from Turkey, Greece, Iran or South Africa. In the U.S., they are cultivated under the name Thompson seedless grapes. These grapes are rich in the compounds resveratrol, catechins, potassium and vitamin C. Both resveratrol and catechins are antioxidant compounds, which also demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity. Arthritis pain involves inflammation of the joints. So possibly, these compounds are implicated in the efficacy of the gin-soaked raisin arthritis remedy. Then there is the gin, made specifically from Juniper berries. As it turns out, juniper berries are laden with anti-inflammatory compounds, including catechin, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpineol, beta-pinene, betulin, caryophyllene, delta-3-carene, epicatechin, limonene, menthol and rutin. They are packed with anti-arthritic activity! On top of that, the sulfur dioxide used to keep golden raisins golden also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. When you soak the golden raisins in the juniper berry gin, the gin extracts many of the compounds in the raisins, making them more readily absorbed when you consume the raisins.
So maybe it will work. These raisins are packed with anti inflammatory power. If you don't mind the taste of the gin then this could be a great way to start or end the day. The alcohol level that is in the raisin is not enough to make you drunk.
I'd like to hear from anyone that may have tried this remedy. Did it work for you ?